Victor Cruz signs autographs during preparations for the Pro Bowl - USA TODAY Sports
New York Giants-related news and notes for Saturday.
Good morning, New York Giants' fans! No football today ... unless you count the Pro Bowl as real football. Anyway, here are today's links.
... despite what both sides may want, if Cruz doesn’t have a new deal in place when free agency opens March 12, the Giants almost certainly will use a first-round tender worth $2.88 million in 2013. That would be a sizable raise from Cruz’s base salary of $540,000 last season, but not the long-term contract he is seeking, a deal that would likely pay him anywhere from $8 million to $10 million per year.
Teams with picks in the latter part of the first round and more salary flexibility than the Giants could make a run at Cruz, tempting him with a more lucrative offer sheet.
Former NY Giant Mario Manningham, now with San Francisco 49ers, remembers famous sideline catch against New England Patriots in Super Bowl - NY Daily News
There won’t be any way for Mario Manningham to avoid it during Super Bowl week, especially not with his team in the title game again. He knows every time he turns on the TV for the next eight days, he might see a video of his spectacular Super Bowl XLVI catch.